A WHITHORN B&B has been commended in a specialist magazine for its dog-friendly attitude and provsions for man’s best friend.
Chapel Outon Farmhouse B&B was given the thumbs-up by the Your Dog Magazine who sent one of their editors to the area in search of pet-friendly accommodation.
Now Kath and Tim Annison, who run the house, are thrilled to have been recognised for their efforts.
Kath, who moved with Tim to Galloway after falling in love with the area when she was a bridesmaid for her brother - who married the daughter of the minister at Sorbie Parish Church - said: “We were living in a little village called Earby on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border with our three dogs Bronson, Sally and Daisy and cat Moppet.
“The spur came in early 2005 when first Bronson and then Sally died within a month of one another and we brought their ashes to their favourite place in Galloway. We decided there and then to finish the renovations on our house in Earby and then put it on the market and look for a property in which to establish a B&B.”
Kath added: “Over the years we had struggled to find suitable holiday accommodation that would accept three dogs. Finding self-catering accommodation was difficult enough, but finding serviced accommodation was nigh impossible. When we only had Bronson to consider we often stayed in serviced accommodation and had to pay quite a bit extra for him and on only one rare occasion were we satisfied. We would never dream of going on holiday without our dogs and through talking to other like-minded people decided that our own B&B was going to be truly dog friendly.”
The couple moved to Chapel Outon Farmhouse in the summer of 2007 and it took over a year to get the inside of the house ready for prospective guests.
Kath added: “We are still working on the garden and surrounds. Our aim was to provide accommodation in which dog owners felt comfortable. Dogs stay free of charge inclusive of dog treats and the use of a fluffy mat and water bowl during their stay. We provide a laminated ‘walkies’ leaflet as many owners worry about where they can walk their dogs. We have a huge garden and paddock and there is a good circular walk from the house via the old railway line. It is not compulsory to own a dog to stay with us but the majority of our visitors bring their dogs with them!”
The couple were visited in January by Sarah Whittington, the Editor of the Your Dog Where to Stay Guide 2011/12 who called the house “dog holiday heaven.”
Visit www.chapelouton.co.uk for more information.